Tasty heritage on the Wall
This summer Hadrian’s Wall is celebrating its tasty heritage by encouraging visitors to enjoy the diverse offering of food and drink on offer throughout the UNESCO World Heritage Site.
From pubs, cafés and tearooms to farmers’ markets and food festivals, visitors can sample a wide range of culinary delights as well as exploring the remarkable history and heritage of Hadrian’s Wall.
James Fell, Chair of the Hadrian’s Wall Marketing Partnership, said: “Hadrian’s Wall Country has a wonderful range of places to eat, drink and experience fine local produce at its best. With so much choice there really is something for everyone to enjoy.
“The Wall marked the northern boundary of the Roman Empire for nearly 400 years and draws hundreds of thousands of visitors to the North of England every year. We’re keen to encourage as many people as possible to take the opportunity to explore this special monument and enjoy the flavours of Hadrian’s Wall Country during their visit. You’ll find local delicacies such as stotties and pease pudding on the menu at some of our highlighted eateries.”
To help inspire visitors to make the most of Hadrian’s Wall this summer here is just a flavour of what is on offer:
Vallum Farm is known as the foodie gateway to Hadrian’s Wall. With a focus on fresh, seasonal and home grown produce, you can enjoy a taste of Vallum in their award winning Tea Room and take treats away with you from the patisserie and shop. You can view the Kitchen Garden where your vegetables have just been picked, and enjoy the sights and smells of the bakery and ice cream parlour - and even have a go at making your own ice cream! Whether you're a weary walker in need of refreshment, seeking a special lunch stop on a day out, or looking for fun for all the family, Vallum is a treat for everyone's tastes.
Visitors are spoilt for choice when it comes to tearooms, all serving delicious food and drink in wonderful locations. Take time out from exploring Chesters Roman Fort to enjoy cream teas and Northumbrian inspired stotties in the grounds of the ancient fort and bathhouse.
Exploring Hadrian’s Wall is hungry work so why not rest and refuel at a country pub or inn along the way. Enjoy home-cooked food and breath-taking scenery at the Twice Brewed Inn just off the Military Road or relax at The Errington Arms, a coaching house in Corbridge that dates back to the 1750s and offers hearty evening meals as well as generously sized tasty sandwiches for hungry walkers.
Battlesteads pub, hotel and restaurant in Wark, near Hexham, offers a unique eating experience with garden views from the conservatory, a relaxed bar area or a more formal restaurant dining experience. With a great deal of the produce grown on site or sourced from artisan producers within 25 miles of the hotel, Battlesteads is the greenest hotel in Northumberland with multi award-winning eco credentials.
The Milecastle Inn at Haltwhistle is only half a kilometre from Hadrian’s Wall and there are more Roman Camps in the surrounding area than anywhere else on the Wall. The Inn is a traditional pub serving home cooked food and fine real ales where visitors can enjoy a drink in the beer garden overlooking the historic site.
Try an award-winning seasonal and local menu at the Blackfriars Restaurant and Banquet Hall in Newcastle which is just a two minute walk from milecastle 4 on Hadrian’s Wall. Located in a 13th century former medieval friary, the restaurant serves traditional British food using seasonal produce from the local farms and producers, while large groups can dine in the recently restored medieval Banquet Hall historically used by King Edward III to receive Royal Scot, Edward Balliol, in 1334.
Located next to the 12th century Lanercost Priory, one of the best preserved monasteries in Cumbria and the gateway to the historic Hadrian’s Wall, The Lanercost Tea Room is the perfect place to stop for lunch while exploring the surrounding area. Less than half a mile from Hadrian’s Wall, the tea room serves homemade food freshly prepared to order using quality local produce and is open from 9.30am until 5pm daily. From traditional fish and chips to tea and scones, Lanercost has something to suit all tastes. Visitors can also take a taste of Hadrian’s Wall home with them from the gift shop which stocks delicious Cumbrian jams, preserves and local beers.
Visitors are spoilt for choice when it comes to tearooms, all serving delicious food and drink in wonderful locations. Take time out from exploring to enjoy The Reading Room at Walton, Wallsend in Bowness-on-Solway, Off The Wall Coffee Shop in Brampton and The House of Meg in Gilsland, all offering a mouth-watering range of tempting cakes, scones and sandwiches. Coffee lovers will delight in visiting John Watts café in Carlisle with the smell of traditional roasting coffee.
Birdoswald Roman Fort is the best place to see the longest continuous stretch of Hadrian’s Wall, so once you’re finished exploring rest your weary legs in the tearoom. Visit from April to October and enjoy sandwiches, soup, cakes, drinks and snacks.
Exploring Hadrian’s Wall is hungry work so why not rest and refuel at a country pub or inn along the way. From The Spinners Arms, a cosy village freehouse in Cummersdale, on the outskirts of Carlisle, to The Greyhound Inn set in the picturesque village of Burgh-by-Sands there are a whole host of traditional country pubs and Inns in close proximity to the Hadrian’s Wall National Trail and Hadrian’s Cycleway.
For fine food, real ales and a place to stay, try the Samson Inn at Gilsland. Owned and run by three local farmers, the inn offers delicious dishes that take the best seasonal ingredients and traditional recipes and give them a modern twist.
A full list of places to eat and drink and more information about visiting Hadrian’s Wall Country visit our food and drink section.